Week of January 18, 2021

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HBCU College Fair (Enrichment Opportunity)

College Board Virtual College Fair (Enrichment Opportunity)

Got Old Glasses? Donate Them to SEE

MSA students Arshia and Akshara is collecting used kids and adults glasses (both prescription and reading) for SEE (Sending Eyeglasses Everywhere) at the Riverstone Clubhouse located on 18353 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479 on the following dates

Sunday, January 31st (2 PM – 4 PM)

Saturday, February 13th (10 AM – 12 PM)

Sunday, February 28th (2 PM – 4 PM)

Saturday, March 13th (10 AM – 12PM)

*Send questions to

Uploading Volunteer Hours

Students can begin to upload their YES Hours to the Dulles YES website at For freshmen students (9th graders) you have to register and create your password first before uploading your Yes hours from to the website. Register at

Please make sure to keep your physical volunteer form for your record.

Academies Students Spotlight Submission

We would like to start highlighting our outstanding Academy students and their accomplishments in and outside of school. If your student has won an award, received a scholarship, participated in a competitive summer program, etc. please submit this Google Form. We will post your student's accomplishment in/on the varies academy social media platforms and they may be featured in other community publication.


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When you have completed your enrichment activities, fill out the academies enrichment form and upload to your class school course. If you have not join the course the course code is below.

Schoology Codes

Class of 2021- 42F32-3KMG7

Class of 2022 - TS63D-BX5CP

Class of 2023 - 65X8-HWNW-KJF7M

Class of 2024 - 83J4-D2CT-PTPG7

HCC Engineering Pathways Click Here to Learn More

This count as an enrichment activity

Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at HCC Info Sessions:

Additional Dates for Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at HCC Info Sessions:

· Dec. 16 at 6pm:

· Jan. 6 at 6pm:

· Jan. 14 at 6pm:

· Jan. 28 at 6pm:

Online Building Valuable Skill Set for Life

Lifehack believes in skills that multiply your time, energy and overall quality of life.

In this rapid changing world, traditional education skills just don’t cut it anymore. You can’t afford to take years learning a skill you’ll never really practice. below are the three free courses which aim to train some of the Core Life Multipliers including:

These are cross functional skills that work across many aspects of life.

The Michael G. Meyers Design & Scholarship 2021 Competition

The Michael G. Meyers Committee (MGMC) Student and Teacher Workshop registration is open! Register here. You must find a teacher sponsor to work with your team.

This year’s Student & Teacher Workshop will be held online using Zoom. For the online workshop, we will need each student that is participating to register by Thursday, January 21. This year’s workshop will be held on Saturday, January 23, 9am-1pm. If you’ve not attended before, this is a really fun event. We cram the entire first year of architecture school into three hours and introduce this year’s design program to students and teachers. Students work in small groups with architects on a series of architectural exercises. This year’s challenge will be announced at the Student and Teacher Workshop in January. In the past students have been asked to design a multi-purpose building for Houston’s Third Ward, a soccer stadium, a museum, a recycling center, and many others. Students can work in groups or as individuals.

This year, students are being asked to gather materials from around their house for a series of sketching exercises and model building. A suggested list of materials can be found here.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming virtual MGMC events
Project Site Tour / Saturday, February 27
Interim Review / Saturday, March 27

Projects Due / Friday, April 30

Awards Ceremony / Monday, May 17

An questions can be direct to Jennifer Ward (ArCH Associate Director) @

Click on the attached PDF file to learn more about the competition.

FREE CyberSecurity Training opportunity for US high school students - Sponsored by SANS

It’s a fast, fun, free way to accelerate cybersecurity skills -> It’s open

to all high school students of all abilities in the US -> Students can qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through the program – a life-changing opportunity No prior experience is necessary -> It teaches invaluable industry skills such as Python coding, networking and forensics -> Everything is taught via a fun gamified environment -> It’s a collaborative, sociable platform with an encouraging, community feel

Timeline of CyberStart America

· October 30th – Registration Opened for CSA

· March 8th, 2021 – Cut-off date to qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through CyberStart Game – participants need to complete at least 20% of Game to qualify.

· April 4th – CyberStart Game Closes

· April 5th-6th – National Cyber Scholarship Competition

· May 18th – National Cyber Scholarship winners announced.

Welcome to Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE)

Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online and at no charge. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. The SEE course portfolio includes one of Stanford's most popular sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science, taken by the majority of Stanford’s undergraduates, as well as more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering.

  • View complete lecture videos via streaming or downloaded media—anytime, anywhere—on your PC, Mac or mobile device.
  • Access full course materials including syllabi, handouts, homework, and exams.

Private Frontier Student Contest

Our new contests have launched! Inspired by SpaceX, this year's contest topic has students examining the relationship between entrepreneurship & innovation — $20,000 in cash prizes.


*Seniors, this could be a graduation project.

Online Enrichment Through Alison

online enrichment

You can select the topic you want to learn about. Email me the course link and name for approval before you take it. These are free courses, DO NOT PAY for anything. Take a picture of the screen when you complete the course as your evidence. Insert the picture into the enrichment form

edX online Enrichment

online enrichment

You can select the topic you want to learn about. Email me the course link and name for approval before you take it. These are free courses, DO NOT PAY for anything. Take a picture of the screen when you complete the course as your evidence. Insert the picture into the enrichment

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Spring Volunteer Hours

The spring volunteer hours for academy for the spring semester will be 12.5 hours. Please make sure to plan accordingly to completed your hours. We will no longer be accepting the Color A Smile hours for the spring semester.

By the end of this school year you have a total of

Freshmen - 9th Graders: 18.5 hours

Sophomore - 10th Grade: 31 hours

Juniors - 11th Grade: 56 hours

Senior - 81 hours (for graduation)

Fort Bend Regional Council

Here is an opportunity to earn service hours. Help an area nonprofit and promote positivity in your community by creating media content (videos, memes, interviews, or discussions) that promotes having fun, making good choices and being drug free.

Contact Leigh Haynes at 281-207-2426 or or

Instagram - @fbrc_squad


BookShare.Org offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.

Create a Short Video Promoting the Math and Science Academy

Promote your academy while earning volunteer hours!

Create a 30 second video/advertisement that encourages Middle School students and their parents to apply to the Math and Science Academy.

The 30 second advertisement needs to include:

  • Your favorite thing about the academy
  • What you have got out of being in the academy
  • What events, enrichments, and/or volunteer opportunities have you enjoyed (or what has 'spoken' to you)
  • Why you would recommend joining the academy

Remember any images, sounds, or songs you use must fall under the fair use policy (Example: Do not take a popular song and use it as your background music, as this violates copyright).

Please email a link to your completed video to Mr. Lam @ Once the video has been approved you will earn 3 volunteer hours.

Tutor Children Virtually With TeensGive

Our virtual volunteering options are a dream come true for our volunteers and their parents alike by removing the transportation component and opening up communities well beyond our local area and allowing direct interaction with people that need our help.

Sessions are delivered via laptops and even phones and are all recorded to ensure quality and safety.


Archive Historical Documents

Fans of history may be interested in becoming citizen archivists for a non-profit organization such as the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Would you enjoy transcribing speeches made by Franklin Roosevelt, case histories made by the Tennessee Valley Authority during the Great Depression, or cataloguing Purple Hearts awarded between 1942-1963? All of these tasks are awaiting the help of virtual volunteers right now. The Smithsonian also engages citizen scholars in tasks such as transcribing diaries of prominent Americans or joining the Wikipedia Volunteer Program’s efforts to strengthen the website’s offerings on Smithsonian-relevant content.

Before signing up for these opportunities make sure you get your parent permission.

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HCC Engineering Partnership with UT@Tyler, Texas A&M and UH

Goal: Provide affordable, convenient, and supportive pathways to enable students to successfully complete the first two years of an engineering degree. In 2012, 48 HCC students enrolled as declared engineering majors. Today, that number is over 3000 students (unduplicated annual headcount).

*My nephew Austin went through this program and starting his classes at Texas A&M this coming Tuesday studying Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Partnerships:

University of Texas at Tyler:

Through this unique program and the engineering partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler, you have an opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in engineering that is conveniently located at the HCC Alief-Hayes campus, affordable at less than $24,000 for a four year degree (in-district tuition), seamlessly aligned with the UT Tyler curriculum, and ABET accredited.


Texas A&M/Chevron Engineering Academy: The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Houston Community College is an innovative co-enrollment program that provides a pathway to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Students admitted to the Engineering Academy are co-enrolled at Texas A&M University in the College of Engineering and HCC. The program is based at the HCC Spring Branch campus.

University of Houston – UH/HCC Engineering Academy at Katy:

Did you know Houston Community College offers an Associate of Science in Engineering Science (ASES) degree program?


The counselors are happy to help with your college application and are always willing to write letters of recommendation. Please make sure you request your letter of recommendation at least 1 month in advance. Here is a list of what to include in your email when requesting a letter of recommendation from your counselor:

1. Attached Resume

2. Deadline that you need the letter by

3. 3-5 words that describe you

4. A short paragraph of a life event that shaped your character

5. Where to send the letter

The Coolidge Scholarship

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.

This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.


The Aggie Homework Helpline

The Aggie Homework Helpline (AHH) is an initiative to help provide quality, free online tutoring to PK-12 learners and families. The mission of the AHH is to connect Texas families and school district partners with Aggie tutors and education interns who are committed to improving learning outcomes for PK-12 students.

Tutoring appointments through the AHH can be scheduled between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. CST Friday.


GenHERation® and Women in Toys $2,500 Scholarship

GenHERation® and Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) have partnered together to award a talented young woman a $2,500 scholarship in 2021. The WIT Scholarship is intended to honor the achievements of women who are studying in the fields of Industrial Design, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Business, Education/social studies related to the benefits of play, IP Law, and Animation. The scholarship is designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented students across WIT industries. Candidates have the opportunity to apply for the annual scholarship on the basis of merit, innovation, and leadership. The scholarship is available to be used by the recipients to further enhance their academic goals during the current or following academic year. Recipients will be announced in December 2020 and will be invited to attend the WIT Wonder Women Awards Gala in New York in February 2021.

Learn more and apply here by 11:59 PM EST on November 27, 2020.

Questions About Transportation

I know some of you have been asking about transportation for academies students who have chosen to return to face to face instructions. It's my hope after the district has a better picture of the number of students request face-to-face instruction, FBISD transportation will be better able to coordinate bus routes for pick-up and drop-off. If you have specific questions about your child transportation you can contact FBISD Transportation at (281) 634-4077 or email them at

For further concerns or questions you can always go on FBISD Let's Talk and voice your concerns or questions. This is the best way for FBISD leadership to hear your concerns and questions.

Zoom Meeting Expectations

I want to remind students that MSA Zoom meetings/events are school and academy sponsor events and FBISD Student Code of Conduct applies and enforce. I ask that students adhere to the following expectations.

  • Demonstrate courtesy and respect for all participants and guests
  • Behave in a responsible manner by turning off your mic, video, and refraining from using the annotating tool without permission from the meeting host.
  • Ask thoughtful questions during Q&A
  • Be in compliance with host requests
  • Comply with all guidelines noted within the SCC (School Code of Conduct)

Math and Science Booster Club


Please consider becoming a member of the MSA Booster Club. The organization advocate heavily on behalf of the MSA students and provide MSA students with scholarships, support field trips, provide grants for math and science teachers, and supporting social events throughout the year. These are just a few things the MSA Booster Club support. For more information please go to:

FBISD Tech Support

If you need assistance or questions about technology issues, please CLICK HERE

Math and Science Academy Student Website

Click HERE for the new MSA students website.

Schoology Information for Parents

The following links help parents to understand Schoology basics.


Schoology Codes

Schoology Codes

Class of 2021- 42F32-3KMG7

Class of 2022 - TS63D-BX5CP

Class of 2023 - 65X8-HWNW-KJF7M

Class of 2024 - 83J4-D2CT-PTPG7

Remind Code

Remind: Text the correct code to the number 81010

Class of 2024 (freshmen): @26k7ce

Class of 2023 (sophomores): @msaco2023

Class of 2022 (juniors): @msaco2022

Class of 2021 (seniors): @msaco2021

Student Body Meeting Dates

  • September 1, 2020
  • October 6, 2020
  • November 4, 2020
  • December 1, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • February 2, 2021
  • March 2, 2021
  • April 6 18, 2020
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